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How We Lead Matters: Reclaiming Our Students Book Study Chapters 3&13

Martine Demers and Catherine Korah- April 20th, 2021

TOPICS INCLUDED: Understanding the reason’s behind why a student is bossy and how to take the lead.

**Participants will be asked to read the following from Reclaiming our Students (book chapters will be provided)

• Chapters 3: How we Lead Matters

• Chapter 13: The Child Who acts Bossy

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Trauma and Brain Part III: Q&A Follow Up to Parts 1&2

Eva de Gosztonyi and Martine Demers- April13th, 2021

We recommend listening to the following recording prior the the Q&A:

- Part I: Trauma and the Brain

- Part II: Trauma-Informed Interventions

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Trauma and Brain Part II: Trauma informed and trauma responsive intervention

Eva de Gosztonyi and Martine Demers- March 16th, 2021

Once we understand how profoundly complex trauma and adverse childhood experiences, especially facing separation too much to bear, affect certain students then we will consider how best to intervene. We will look at why some interventions, while successful with other students, are rarely successful with these students. We will examine why some interventions should be avoided, especially as these students, once traumatised, are more likely to be re-traumatised. Then we will look at interventions that are more likely to be effective. While not a quick fix, these suggested ways of intervening are being used successfully in both Elementary and Secondary schools. 

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Trauma and Brain Part I: The Effects of Complex Childhood trauma on Behaviour and Learning

Eva de Gosztonyi - February 22nd, 2021

We have students in our schools who have great difficulty behaving. Sometimes they have meltdowns that come “out of the blue”. These students are unpredictable and as a result also have difficulty with social interactions. It seems to take very little to provoke them into acting in ways that hurt other students. Some of these students also have academic difficulties. We have long sought reasons for such behaviour and learning difficulties. In Part I of this two part series, I will review what the neuroscience of complex trauma tells us about these students. We will delve into how the brain is directly affected by adverse childhood experiences. We will then look at the source of most adverse childhood experiences: experiencing too much separation, and how this too affects their behaviour.

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RSB Virtual Support for Students

Martine, Catherine and Zarina Fernandes - February 18th, 2021

In Spring 2020 the pandemic, and its subsequent school closures, triggered a need to 'think outside the box' to create a way of being in contact with our students with challenging needs. Zarina Fernandes created a Virtual Bloom Room to model Cedar Street's Nurturing Support Centre (NSC). She has been instrumental in 'growing' this project in order that it can be available to all Riverside schools. Please come and see this innovative intervention platform, we know you'll be inspired and will want to visit with your students!

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Indoor Recess: Setting up for Success so Everyone can Enjoy it!

Martine, Catherine and Joelle Beaubien - January 6th, 2021

There are so many things which school staff need to plan, structure and organize that indoor recess is often left to its own devices. However, this is often when issues arise which end up taking away more teaching time than we would like. Having a structure and procedures that are taught, explained and supported can help challenging indoor recesses become more manageable and enjoyable for all. We have prepared tools that will make it easier to organize and orchestrate indoor recesses so that they are no longer dreaded. During this presentation we will share suggestions and templates that are ready-to-use for elementary teachers at each cycle level.  Be prepared to be inspired as we share ideas, some of which we hope you will adopt and make your own!

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Brain Breaks Make a Real Difference

Eva, Martine and Catherine - December 1st, 2020

Brain Breaks have become an integral way of helping students to transition from one type of learning activity to another.  It might be easy to dismiss Brain Breaks as being non-essential to classroom learning and student progress, but there is now a wealth of research that informs us that Brain Breaks make a difference for students academically, behaviourally and emotionally. There are numerous ways of facilitating Brain Breaks. They can be active or quiet and reflective. This session will describe how you can use Brain Breaks with the students in your care both in the classroom or daycare and, if necessary, online.

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A Targeted Intervention Continuum for Managing Behaviour

Eva, Martine and Catherine - November 24th, 2020

The Targeted Intervention Continuum is designed to help schools to create an environment, both in the classroom and in the school, that will provide options for those students who have difficulty managing their behaviour. We will start by describing basic classroom practices and organization that will help all students to engage productively during class time. 


Lead-Play-Learn Together

Eva, Martine and Catherine - August 27, 2020

This fall we will start a new school year that will indeed be new – one never seen before. This presentation will provide a framework and some guiding principles for how best to take the lead with students to encourage them to follow all of the new in-school procedures meant to keep us all safe. 

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Emotional World of Our Children

Eva, Martine and Catherine - August 26, 2020

In changing times emotions come to the fore. Children and adults alike will experience many emotions as this new school year unfolds. There will be repeated waves of emotions, we need to expect them and be prepared to support the students through them. This presentation will help the adults to understand some of the key emotions that children will be living and the effect these will have on their behaviour and their learning. 

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Be the Leader your Team Needs in Covid Times

Eva de Gosztonyi and Martine Demers - August 19, 2020

This presentation cannot take away the array of challenges you are all facing. It will help in the understanding of the fundamental human emotions and needs that are being evoked by this “new world”. Once you have been made aware of the underlying dynamics and how human emotions are manifested in behaviour, particularly in times of high stress, you will have further insight into understanding and supporting your staff.

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Reclaiming our students book study

Chapter 14: the child who ACTS AGGRESSIVELY

Martine Demers - June 22, 2020

Based on chapter 14 of the book RECLAIMING OUR STUDENTS, by Hannah beach and Tamara Strijack, this webinar focuses on understanding the reasons behind why a student acts aggressively and how to help.

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Reclaiming our students book study

Chapter 11: the child who is RESISTANT

Eva de Gosztonyi - June 15, 2020

Based on chapter 11 of the book RECLAIMING OUR STUDENTS, by Hannah beach and Tamara Strijack, this webinar focuses on understanding the reasons behind why a student is resistant and how to help.

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Reclaiming our students book study

Chapter 8: the child who is ANXIOUS

Catherine Korah - June 8, 2020

Based on chapter 8 of the book RECLAIMING OUR STUDENTS, by Hannah beach and Tamara Strijack, this webinar focuses on understanding the reasons behind why a student is anxious and how to help.

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Alarm and anxiety, how to help your children

Eva de Gosztonyi - April 27, 2020

When the world is full of alarm and our children show signs of anxiety, what are we to do? After briefly looking at how the alarm system is meant to work, we will then explore what happens when it gets overworked. Finally, we will look at interventions and practices that can help our children who come to us and need help managing in a restless world.

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Understanding and intervening with frustration

Eva de Gosztonyi - April 21, 2020

When things are not going as we want them to, emotions rise and things can go over the top leading to tantrums and attack. This presentation will introduce the underlying emotion of frustration, and then explain why some children have a hard time managing their frustration. We will look at ways of intervening that have proven to be the most effective for helping these children.

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The importance of relationship in a time that requires adaptation

Eva de Gosztonyi - April 15, 2020

Covid19 has changed our world dramatically and we are all working hard at coping with this new reality, particularly those of us who are parents and/or educators. This session will focus on how we can remain the strong attachment figures our children need as we lead them along this uncharted path. Even in these uncertain times, we can provide the conditions that will help our children to become adaptative and resilient.

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Eva de Gosztonyi - April 6, 2020

Why do children play and why do they need to play? We are now learning that play is more important than we ever thought both in terms of brain development and also for emotional well-being. Join us to find out about why play is so important, about different kinds of play and about how you can support your playful child.

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Making Sense of Challenging Youth:

Why are they so immature?

Eva de Gosztonyi - Oct 2018

Even well-developing teens can be frustrating – they seem to be so smart and yet act in ways that defy logic. And then we have the challenging youth who have even more problems getting things right. This presentation will review current brain research on the normal development of the teen brain. Then we will look at the effects of adverse childhood experiences on brain development. This information will help with understanding the roots of challenging behaviours. The underlying framework for this presentation is the Neufeld attachment-based developmental paradigm.

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Making Sense of Challenging Youth:

Why are they so aggressive?

Eva de Gosztonyi - Oct 2018

When youth lash out, be it verbally, physically or even inwardly, we do all we can to change this violating and dangerous behaviour. So many of the conventional responses to these behaviours only seem to make them worse or serve to push them “underground”. Using the Neufeld paradigm, we will explore aggression’s emotional roots. With this new understanding we will then look at interventions that are more likely to help alter these behaviours.

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Making Sense of Challenging Youth:

How can we make a difference?

Eva de Gosztonyi - Oct 2018

Youth who are challenging are usually stuck emotionally. This presentation will allow the participants to understand how to help youth soften their defenses so that growth can happen. The key to these interventions is a safe relationship with a caring adult who can protect and guide all the while providing a space for emotional expression. The road is not always easy, even when relationships are strong. Suggestions will be made for how to hold on to the youth when times are rocky.

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Support for bullies needed?

Eva de Gosztonyi

Video (2min 55sec) - Global News - Feb 25, 2014

Jamie Orchard speaks with Eva de Gosztonyi from the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management about what kind of support schools could provide for bullies. She believes that these children are vulnerable and need help and shares a few interesting suggestions to help change behaviour.

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Pink shirt day: bullying still a fight in Quebec

Eva de Gosztonyi

Video (5min 56sec) - Global News - Feb 25, 2014

Camille Ross speaks to Eva de Gosztonyi, a psychologist and bullying expert about Pink Shirt day and how bullying is affecting our kids.

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Anti-Bullying Week

Eva de Gosztonyi

Video (6min 45sec) - Global News - Oct 1, 2013

Eva de Gosztonyi, co-ordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Behavioral Management, talks to us about bullying.


Kids in the house

Gordon Neufeld

Compilations of short interviews on a multitude of parenting topics.

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Understanding Trauma:

Learning Brain vs Survival Brain

Jacob Ham

YouTube clip (4min 56sec) - Published on Jul 25, 2017

This video reframes a trauma perspective in terms of learning brain versus survival brain as a way to make it easier for teachers to talk about trauma with students. 


Podcast: Conversations with Alanis Morissett

Episode 19: Conversation with Gordon Neufeld

In this podcast, Alanis talks with Gordon Neufeld about developmental psychology, the power to parent, and the value in staying connected with our children as they get older.

Getting Unstuck: Shift for Impact talks to us about Reclaiming Our Students

Hannah Beach and Tamara Strijack

Hannah Beach and Tamara Strijack join Jeff Ikler and Kirsten Richert on their podcast, Getting Unstuck, to talk about Reclaiming Our Students and the huge potential for every single person who cares about children’s learning to create deep, meaningful change through relationship.

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What our Kids really need from us Right Now

Deborah MacNamara

On ParentTalk, Geneviève and Heather are thrilled to be welcoming back, Dr. Deborah MacNamara, Clinical counsellor, Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, Speaker, and Author. We will be talking about what our kids really need from us Right Now! These are unprecedented times and we need to be there for our children during this confusing and uncertain time. Find out how you can best support them.

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Say Sorry! – How Forced Sorries do More Harm than Good 

Deborah MacNamara

On ParentTalk, Geneviève and Heather are welcoming Dr. Deborah MacNamara, Clinical counselor, Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, Speaker, and Author, to talk about how forcing sorries can do more harm than good.